Brexit could be extended by a “couple of months” according to Prime Minister Theresa May. She has said that the delay is to ensure no hard border with Northern Ireland is incorporated into the leaving plans.
This new idea came about in recent negotiations and May has refused for a hard border to be created in Ireland. They delay was mentioned after EU leaders met in Brussels but failed to make decisive progress in reaching an agreement. This is after May recently came out and said “real progress” was being made in Brexit talks.
The British PM gave a speech to 27 of her fellow European leaders on Wednesday evening asking them to help end the current Brexit deadlock by easing back on their demands.
On Thursday morning, May said that the UK had put forward a motion to avoid any need for a hard border or a customs border in Northern Ireland.
“A further idea that has emerged – and it is an idea at this stage – is to create an option to extend the implementation period for a matter of months – and it would only be for a matter of months.
“But the point is that this is not expected to be used, because we are working to ensure that we have that future relationship in place by the end of December 2020.”
The UK is due to leave the UK on 29th March 2019, but this date could be extended to next Summer due to the issues surrounding an agreement being made on how to stop a hard border. But, May has said that the plan is still to end the transition period by 31st December 2020.
The UK Parliament would have to agree to any extension and some MPs are warning that May will face a rebellion if she tries. This would come after Boris Johnson among others resigned from government over their lack of confidence in May to bring about an exit from the EU that they agree with.